Pronunciation: (shēr),[key] —adj.,-er, -est, —adv., n.
—adj. 1. transparently thin; diaphanous, as some fabrics: sheer stockings. 2. unmixed with anything else: We drilled a hundred feet through sheer rock. 3. unqualified; utter: sheer nonsense. 4. extending down or up very steeply; almost completely vertical: a sheer descent of rock. 5. Brit. Obs.bright; shining.
—adv. 1. clear; completely; quite: ran sheer into the thick of battle. 2. perpendicularly; vertically; down or up very steeply.
—n. a thin, diaphanous material, as chiffon or voile.
Pronunciation: (shēr),[key] —v.i. to deviate from a course, as a ship; swerve.
—v.t. 1. to cause to sheer.
2. Shipbuilding.to give sheer to (a hull).
—n. 1. a deviation or divergence, as of a ship from its course; swerve.
2. Shipbuilding.the fore-and-aft upward curve of the hull of a vessel at the main deck or bulwarks.
3. Naut.the position in which a ship at anchor is placed to keep it clear of the anchor.